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York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
+44 1904 646940
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Ranked #6 of 132 attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in... more » Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, 15.30 And 17:00. « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The tour lasts approximately an hour A guide provides useful insight into the history of the bunker, as well as offering a good overview of the wider nuclear arms race/political issues. We were there on a hot summer's day and pleasant temperature inside, but told that often cool inside and need a jumper. The video showing consequences of nuclear bomb... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Used our annual passes to visit today. Very informative talk, guided tour and film. Thank goodness the nuclear bomb was never launched on England. Well worth a visit, but Sat Nav may be required as hidden away and not really sign posted.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I grew up in York before moving away. I've recently been going back a lot. Discovering the Cold War Bunker was truly fascinating. as a child I'd lived about 1/4 mile from here, and never knew it existed. Now it's been closed as a live part of our defence system and turned into a museum, I can explore what was,... More

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Brisbane
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62 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This bunker was developed as part of a network of similar bunkers throughout the UK. This was in preparation for possible nuclear attack during the cold war. The tour is by guide only. We had a group of 7 and were delighted to have a very personal tour. The guide was excellent and knew his material. A great tour and... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

As a child in the 1960's I heard rumours of a nuclear bunker 'nearby' - and never thought I'd have the opportunity to walk the eerie corridors. Since then I've been back several times. On one occasion I was asked to leave - because it was closing time but I was just enchanted and obsessed with what I saw and... More

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Oxfordshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This English Heritage-owned attraction is hidden out of the way on a housing estate with very limited parking. No sign posts, which is ironic as when it was operational, there were plenty of signs! Make sure you check the times of the tours before arriving as there's little else to do within walking distance. The bunker only opens on Fridays,... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a unique place to visit giving you a flavour of the cold war era The bunker is claustrophobic but thrilling Very 007!!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but were pleasantly surprised and fascinated by everything that was there! It wasn't a long tour, but it didn't need to be - the tour guide was excellent too, and amusing at times.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Never intended to be secret or bomb proof or a refuge for the local population this strange looking concrete edifice stands in the middle of a housing estate near York. Bought for £1.00 by English Heritage from the former landowners to whom it and the the land it stood on was returned at the end of the Cold War in... More

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Colchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Having been to 2 other nuclear bunkers, we couldn't resist visiting this gem with our English Heritage cards. A much smaller station than the others due to the nature of its role, but a fabulous tour included with this visit made it an excellent pit-stop.

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